Lisa Hamp

Active Minds Speaker

Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting and a speaker for Active Minds.

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About Lisa

Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting that took place on April 16, 2007. Unsure how to deal with the post-traumatic stress, she internalized her feelings and developed into an eating disorder to cope. Eight years after the shooting, she sought counseling and began her recovery.

In her raw and powerful presentation, Lisa shares her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, an eating disorder, and infertility to help others who may be struggling with mental health issues. She is an advocate for trauma survivors and provides concrete advice on finding your new normal after trauma. She discusses the importance of self-care, the benefits of counseling, and shares what you can do to help someone struggling with a mental health disorder.

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She is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental health disorders. She shares a message of hope and courage to those who may be struggling, as well as family and friends who are in supporting roles. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, SELF Magazine and VICE.

Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from John Hopkins University. Lisa lives with her husband, Eric, their two daughters, Grace and Mackenzie, and their golden retriever, Summer just outside of Washington, DC.

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Key topics

  • Anxiety
  • Community Response to Tragedy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Faculty/Staff Trainings
  • First Responders
  • Self-Care/Recovery
  • Trauma

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Lisa Hamp shares her experience surviving the Virginia Tech Shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, and her journey to recovery afterwards. She describes how she struggled to return to a “normal’ life during the weeks, months, and years that followed. Through her motivational and inspirational presentation, she shares a variety of hard, but powerful lessons she has learned since that tragic day. She provides her unique perspective on PTSD, trauma, counseling, recovery, self-care, and community response to tragedy.

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Lisa travels from Washington, DC

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Speaker Testimonials

“Lisa shares a profoundly important perspective to what it means to be a survivor and resilient leader, her voice helps each of us realize our own responsibility in keeping safety and security a community priority.”

Kristina Anderson
Executive Director, Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools

“Lisa Hamp is one of the most courageous people I have ever met.  Her story is one that we all should hear. It is a story of strength, intellect, perseverance and ultimately, grace.  Lisa reminds us that we are all scared by the senseless violence affecting our society. She also shows us that with faith, all things are possible.”

Robert Boyd
Executive Director, Secure Schools Alliance

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Campus Safety magazine had the pleasure of hosting Lisa as one of our keynote speakers this summer. Her presentation focused on the often-overlooked reality that a person does not need to be physically injured to be traumatized and physically affected by a tragedy. So powerful was her presentation that it brought me to tears knowing that I, as well as our society as a whole, have ignored the needs of our “walking wounded” for too long. In her presentation, Lisa effectively and powerfully covers a topic that must get more attention. She also offers lessons that will help others address this issue appropriately.

Robin Hattersley

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